A biography of a famous Japanese poet. The book explores Ishikawa Takuboku’s (pseudonym of Ishikawa Hajime)  intent to be a writer at all costs. His poems are easy to read and he is a master in the art of tanka. He passed away at the age of 26 of tuberculosis.

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Here’s a tanka from the poet,

Seeing off at the train station

My wife came with our daughter on her back.
I caught sight of her eyebrows
Through a blanket of snow.

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